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January 19, 2017 7:42 PM Trump Treasury pick diverges from GOP playbook

Mnuchin outlined his views amid harsh questioning from Democrats about his business background and offshore investments. Treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin diverged from congressional Republicans Thursday on key policy issues, signaling a willingness to go his own way on bank regulation and tax administration. In a sometimes contentious hearing 17

January 19, 2017 5:01 PM A look back at fact-checking President Obama

In his farewell address, President Obama quoted his mother when he spoke about the virtue of honesty. “[A]s my mother used to tell me,” Obama said, “reality has a way of catching up with you.” For years, Obama repeated his promise that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” However, reality caught up with the president 16

January 18, 2017 7:21 PM The Trump inauguration is shaping up to be Washington’s smallest party in years

The Arkansas State Society has a grand tradition of throwing elegant inaugural affairs. In 1953, when President Eisenhower was sworn in, it hosted a ball, a reception and a square dance. The 1993 celebration for President Clinton featured a performance by first brother Roger Clinton and his blues band, Politics. In 2009, 1,000 guests turned out for the society’s 14

January 18, 2017 3:47 PM The Daily 202: Lamar Alexander is dragging Betsy DeVos across the finish line to become secretary of education

THE BIG IDEA: No senator has done more to shield a Donald Trump cabinet pick from scrutiny and tough questions than Lamar Alexander has for Betsy DeVos. After postponing the secretary of education nominee’s hearing for a week, the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (known as HELP) rescheduled it for last night at the very unusual 20

January 18, 2017 11:00 AM Five areas where Trump and Dems could make a deal

Democrats on Capitol Hill will try to block much of Trump’s agenda during the next four years. But there are some areas where the incoming administration and minority Democrats could find room for cooperation, including infrastructure, trade deals, the minimum wage and entitlements. Both sides risk a serious backlash from their respective bases if they pursue 7

January 18, 2017 1:53 AM Betsy DeVos’s Education Hearing Erupts Into Partisan Debate

“It suggests that this committee is trying to protect this nominee from scrutiny,” said Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut. President-elect Donald J. Trump’s cabinet and top staff are shaping up to be a mix of wealthy Washington outsiders, Republican insiders and former military officers who have been critical of the Obama administration 23 7

January 17, 2017 9:00 PM Nebraska targets ban on religious garb worn by teachers

LINCOLN, Neb. – A law that bars Nebraska public school teachers from wearing habits, yarmulkes, burqas and other religious clothing could soon get overturned under a bill pending in the Legislature. The bill presented at a hearing Tuesday would end Nebraska's ban on religious garb in classrooms, which was passed in 1919 under pressure from the Ku Klux Klan amid a national 10

January 17, 2017 2:16 PM Polls show Trump with historically low approval ratings

Majorities of Americans view Trump unfavorably — and also disapprove of the way in which Trump has built his incoming administration. Donald Trump will be sworn in as president in three days, but polls on the eve of his inauguration show Trump is earning historically low marks for his transition. Trump’s poor poll numbers — ranging from personal favorability 9

January 17, 2017 12:06 PM Poll: Trump draws low marks for transition, response to Russian hacking

After a tumultuous campaign and transition, President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office Friday as the least popular incoming president in at least four decades, but a majority of Americans nevertheless express optimism that he will be able to fulfill campaign pledges to boost the economy and deal with threats of terrorism, according to a Washington 23

January 16, 2017 4:16 PM Luxottica, Essilor $24 billion merger creates eyewear giant

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- French lens manufacturer Essilor International agree to buy Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglass maker Luxottica Group in a deal estimated at some $24 billion. The combined company, to be known as EssilorLuxottica, will be the largest company in the eyewear industry, manufacturing frames and prescription lenses for glasses and sunglasses 18